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Professor Moltmann is one of the foremost religious thinkers in the world. He is Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus in the Protestant Faculty of the University of Tübingen, Germany. Born in Hamburg in 1926, Moltmann was raised in a secular environment. He was drafted into the German Army in 1944 and surrendered to British soldiers in 1945. The young Moltmann spent the next three years as a prisoner of war, moving from camp to camp, reading Nietzche and Goethe and distressed beyond all hope at the Nazi pogrom against the Jews. But in a Belgian POW camp, he met an American Army chaplain who gave him a copy of the New Testament and Psalms. He read it and found hope again. Or, rather, as he has said, “I did not find God; God found me.”

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~ by natedawson on 2009/06/12.

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